November 01, 2009
The Detroit Lions have now put an end to two unbelievable losing streaks this season -- their own, and St. Louis'. It was 19 straight losses for the Lions before they beat the Redskins in Week 3, and they haven't won since. The Rams last won a game on October 19, 2008, beating the Brad Johnson(notes)-led Cowboys, 34-14. Since then, they've barely ever been competitive, especially in the 2009 season. They lost by two to Washington and hung with the Jaguars until overtime, but they've also lost games this season by scores of 28-0, 35-0, and 42-6. But today, at Detroit's Ford Field, the Rams finally stopped their epic losing streak by beating the Lions, 17-10 for the first win of the Steve Spagnuolo era.
It wasn't pretty at all. Safety James Butler(notes) gave the Lions their first two points by returning a Matt Stafford interception out of the end zone, then getting pushed back into the end zone for a safety. The only passing touchdown came from the rocket arm of kicker Josh Brown(notes), who hit fullback Daniel Fells(notes) for a 36-yard score on a fake field goal near the end of the first half. Steven Jackson finally met the end zone with the winning touchdown on a 25-yard run with 1:38 left in the game -- and that was the first rushing touchdown the Rams have scored all year! Jackson has been great all season, and he kept that up today, gaining 149 yards on 22 carries. But points have been an issue. When Fells scored his touchdown in the first half, his three on the season matched the total for all of his offensive teammates combined. Even after this victory, St. Louis' point differential of -144 is by far the NFL's worst; Cleveland's -131 is the only differential that's close.
But a win is a win is a win, and the Rams were long overdue -- no team should have to go through the equivalent of an entire season (plus!) without a win. They now have a bye, then three straight home games. That's the good news. The bad news is that they start that home stretch with the Saints and Cardinals, before easier teams like the Seahawks (who actually beat the Rams, 28-0, in the season opener) come calling.
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